Participation in Daily Activities of Young Adults with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

Mary McCollum, Patti LaVesser, Christine Berg

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Young adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle to assume adult roles. This research assessed the feasibility of using the Adolescent and Young Adult Activity Card Sort (AYA-ACS) with emerging adults with high functioning ASD. Two phases were utilized during this research: (1) comparing the activity participation reported by emerging adults with an ASD and that reported by their caring adult; (2) examining the barriers to participation reported. Preliminary results demonstrate that the AYA-ACS appears to be a reliable and valid method of identifying emerging adults’ participation strengths as well as personal and environmental challenges in a variety of age-appropriate activities. The AYA-ACS could assist service providers by providing an understanding of the challenges to participation faced by this population and aid in developing client centered interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)987-997
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of autism and developmental disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Activity card sort
  • Activity involvement
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Emerging adults
  • Engagement
  • Participation
  • Transition age
  • Young adults


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